Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Royal Desires Trilogy - 3 Fun Fantasy reads!



Hi folks,

To celebrate my blog officially becoming a micro-site for my books, I've decided to share a bit about the three historical/fantasy romances that make up the "Royal Desires" trilogy. (Plot summaries and book links are on the historical/fantasy page at the top of the blog.)


Someone recently asked me how I plotted my Amber Quill Press “Royal Desires” trilogy: A Most Unusual Princess, Dalton’s Temptation, and The Pauper Prince. Did I use note cards to keep track of each character’s description? Did I make an overall outline of the whole trilogy, and then write each book?



Nope. The truth is… I just wrote the story that was in my head. I didn’t intend to write a trilogy – it kinda happened on its own. (With a lot of typing on my part, of course!) I wrote each book by itself, with its own setting and theme, apart from the book that came before. So, although they make up a series, each book can stand alone as an individual read.


I specifically wrote A Most Unusual Princess for the Amber Quill Press “Amber Heat” contest. The book won (along with two others, The Dark Lord & The Sexy Stranger). Although the Fantasy genre wasn’t something I had written in before, I liked the idea of following a very headstrong and spoiled Princess Elara as she looked for a suitable husband.



The story was fun to write and I enjoyed contrasting Elara’s moodiness with her sensual feelings for Dalton. And poor Dalton! By the end of A Most Unusual Princess, I knew he had to have his own story, so I followed up with Dalton’s Temptation.



In Dalton’s Temptation, I deliberately focused on the theme of fidelity. Elara wants to test Dalton’s loyalty, so she masquerades as a sultry girl in a pleasure palace. Naturally, she gets in over her head and into trouble. I enjoyed taking Elara out of her element and giving her new challenges and experiences. We also got to see a different side to Dalton’s character and learned about his weaknesses and desires.



Dalton’s Temptationalso introduced us to Elara’s brother, Prince Allan. What a pip! He’s a perfect example of a secondary character who tries to run away with the story.

While writing Dalton’s Temptation, I knew Allan needed his own book, and The Pauper Prince was born.



In The Pauper Prince, Allan is banished to live the life of a commoner. His life has been turned upside down. He’s broke, miserable, and forced to endure abuse at his job in the shipyard.



Allan’s character undergoes a complete transformation between Dalton’s Temptation and The Pauper Prince. Once a carefree womanizer, Allan discovers a secret side to himself and through his relationship with Claudette, he learns a lesson about what is truly important in life. A more settled Elara and Dalton also appear in the book and help wind up the trilogy.


I enjoyed writing each of these books. It was fun to create the characters, give them unique adventures, and complicate their lives – all in the name of love. Although these are spicy romances, there’s enough drama, sadness, and humor to keep readers entertained and enthralled. But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s what a few reviewers had to say:



A Most Unusual Princess is an amusing book that will seize your attention from the first word. Elara is a woman who wants to get married on her own terms, not those set by her father. The growing attraction and love between Elara and Daltoncarry this sweet story. Ms. Wilkins has created appealing characters that will touch your heart.” - Tewanda, Fallen Angel Reviews



“I thought the first book [A Most Unusual Princess] was hot, but Dalton’s Temptation is worth reading. Kelli A. Wilkins did a superb job in this one and introduces us to a new side of Dalton. The beginning was just about Princess Elara, and this time we learn more of Dalton. I loved this story and it’s hard for me to give a Historical Erotica a 5 for the first part and a sequel but Kelli Wilkins did a beautiful job in showing us a princess with stubborn heart to love and a man who completes her in every way.

Lena, Reviewer, Mybookcravings.com



Kelli A. Wilkins finishes her trilogy of books, which started with A Most Unusual Princess and Dalton’s Temptation, with a bang. The Pauper Prince is a riveting tale, and it is a must read for anyone who enjoys fantasy Romance. It is stuffed full of action, love, excitement, sedition, and scurvy characters that are set to make our prince’s life miserable if he lets them. Skillful crafting allows the reader to slip under the spell of Allan and live his every ache, pain, and triumph. The Pauper Prince is a real must read, and in case you haven’t read the others, I would suggest you get A Most Unusual Princess and Dalton’s Temptation, too. Kelli has definitely written a trio of must buys for Amber Quill!!!"

- Rose, Reviewer, Romance at Heart


And now a few questions for readers: If you've read the trilogy, which book did you like the best and why? Any favorite scenes??

Thanks to everyone who has signed up for the blog contest. A winner will be chosen next week, so spread the word!

Until next time,
Kelli



Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Look Back at Kelli's Romances & A Look to the Future


Hi,

A near-death experience makes a person take a step back and evaluate life, accomplishments, and goals. (What have you done so far? What do you have left to do?)

It’s been said that “if you’re still alive, you have more to do.” So today I offer a brief look back at my AQP romances and a peek at what I’ll be doing in 2012.



A Most Unusual Princess




This was the first erotic romance I ever wrote, and with the exception of one scene, the entire first draft was completed in two days. This fantasy introduced readers to witty Princess Elara and her guard, Dalton. The characters were so interesting that I continued their romantic adventures in two sequels: Dalton’s Temptation and The Pauper Prince.



The Dark Lord




Set in an isolated Carpathian Mountain castle, Lord Adrik has a sinister reputation. I wrote this Gothic historical without an outline (which is unusual for me). This is one of my “original three” Amber Heat contest winning romances (along with A Most Unusual Princess and The Sexy Stranger).



The Sexy Stranger




This short and fun contemporary puts a different spin on hitchhikers and mistaken identities. I wanted to add some elements of danger, but without putting my characters into too much jeopardy. This story is a very condensed version of an idea I had for a full-length romance (which I might write one day).



Dalton’s Temptation




The sequel to A Most Unusual Princess. A few weeks after finishing Princess, the idea for this fantasy novel came to me. I wanted to explore the concepts of fidelity and cheating. Is it still cheating if you cheat with your own spouse? This novel introduced Elara’s brother, Prince Allan to readers. Halfway through writing this, I knew Allan needed his own book, so I wrote The Pauper Prince. (At that point, I dubbed the three books the “Royal Desires” trilogy.)



The Pauper Prince




After being banished from the royal family, pampered Prince Allan is forced to live like a commoner. The book is a bit violent and gritty and has a “medieval” feel to it. I enjoyed exploring the plot and setting of a darker fantasy novel for a change. However, one thing I dreaded was killing off a secondary character that Allan (and I) had fallen in love with. Elara and Dalton’s storyline is also wrapped up.



Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover




Inspired by the premise of “what if a vampire went to the beach and fell in love with a surfer?” I blended horror and romance into an ethereal paranormal. It’s different from my other romances because it’s written in first person from the hero’s point of view.






This hot historical (and Amber Heat bestseller), follows inexperienced newlyweds as they partake in naughty games at a Midsummer Ball. How did this erotic tale come about? One day, the entire first scene popped into my head. I thought the characters and premise were interesting, and I knew I had to write the rest of Annabelle & Julian’s story. I later wrote a sequel, A Midwinter Night’s Delights, that’s even hotter! 



Naughty Nobles




My first anthology! This is a paperback collection of three fantasy novellas (A Most Unusual Princess, The Dark Lord, A Midsummer Night’s Delights) never before in print. It’s a good overview of different storylines, writing styles, characters, settings, and heat levels. Three hot stories in one book – how can you beat that?



Beauty & the Bigfoot




Have you ever read a Bigfoot romance? This paranormal/comedy came about from the premise “what if a girl fell in love with Bigfoot?” I knew the story would have to be a comedy – because who could seriously believe a Bigfoot romance? I’m happy to say that readers loved the humor and wacky characters in the story, and it got great reviews!



Trust with Hearts




This book has a country setting and is more laid back then my other romances. Sherrie and Curtis have a whole summer to get to know about each other, fall in love, and discover a few secrets along the way. I wanted to explore another side of being famous and show that it’s sometimes not as glamorous as people think.



A Midwinter Night’s Delights




This hotter-than-hot sequel to A Midsummer Night’s Delights takes place six months after the first book. In this tale, Julian and Annabelle are sent back to Vincent’s estate – to be disciplined! Midwinter has a slightly darker tone than Midsummer, as our young newlyweds are taught self-control – or face Vincent’s erotic punishments.



A Perfect Match




A Perfect Match is a contemporary set in the world of professional wrestling. Wrestling has always been a part of my life, so it was only natural that one day I’d write a book with wrestling as the backdrop. A Perfect Match won several writing contests and was a top ten finalist in the first-ever “American Title” contest.



Four Days with Jack




This is my first Amber Allure gay romance. The story takes place at a tropical island resort and explores the budding relationship of best friends David and Jack. This novella received great reviews and was a May 2011 best-seller!



So what’s left to do?

·         In August 2012, my historical romance, The Witch & the Warrior is scheduled to be released by Medallion Press.

·         I’m halfway through rewriting a historical/mystery that takes place in Colonial Pennsylvania

·         I’ve got a rough draft of a western waiting to be revised

·         And four or five ideas for more short & spicy erotic novellas – some with m/f relationships, some m/m, and some where anything goes.

Will they all be written in 2012? I’m not sure, but I’m going to make the most of the time I have to write them!



Thanks to everyone who’s already following the blog & entered in the contest!!

Until next time,

Kelli A. Wilkins






Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Kelli's Having a Blog Contest!





Hi everyone!

Welcome to my first blog contest! This month, I’ll be giving away a PDF copy of one of my Amber Quill Press romances. Entering is easy! All you need to do is sign up to follow my blog between November 2 and November 22, 2011.

A winner will be chosen at random from all the new followers. (Odds of winning depend on the number of entries.) The lucky winner can choose from the following romances:

Beauty & the Bigfoot - paranormal (http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/BeautyBigfoot.html)

Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover – paranormal –(http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/ConfessionsVampiresLover.html)

Dalton’s Temptation – historical/fantasy – (http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/DaltonsTemptation.html)

The Dark Lord  – historical – (http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/DarkLord.html)

Four Days with Jack – contemporary/gay – (http://amberquill.com/AmberAllure/FourDaysWithJack.html)

A Midsummer Night’s Delights – historical/fantasy – (http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/MidsummerNightsDelights.html)

A Midwinter Night’s Delights – historical/fantasy – (http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/MidwinterNightsDelights.html)

A Most Unusual Princess – historical/fantasy – (http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/MostUnusualPrincess.html)

The Pauper Prince – historical/fantasy – (http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/PauperPrince.html)

A Perfect Match – contemporary – (http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/PerfectMatch.html)

The Sexy Stranger – contemporary (http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/SexyStranger.html)

Trust with Hearts – contemporary (http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/TrustWithHearts.html)

Click on the book’s link to read excerpts and reviews on the Amber Quill Press page. More reviews and info about the books are also on my website: www.KelliWilkins.com


I look forward to meeting all my new blog followers! Be sure to tell your friends, post the news on social media sites, and let other readers and writers know.


Happy Reading,

Kelli